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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 Impression

Naruto Uncut Box Set 9
Naruto’s final story arc kicks into gear as friends face off and a choices are made that will change the landscape of Naruto forever in Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 form Viz.

Having healed from his injuries an emotionally wounded Sasuke must ponder how the inferior Naruto keeps pace if not surpasses him at every turn. How is he to exact vengeance on his brother if not even Naruto can be passed? The frustration boils over as the two friends take their rivalry to new heights and truly seem willing to kill each other before Kakashi steps in. Thinking everything will work out Naruto goes on his way but Sasuke is approached by Orochimaru’s personal Sound ninja team who have an offer to join their master in order to unleash the true power of the curse mark. As Sasuke closes the door on his old life to join Orochimaru and seek revenge a newly anointed Chunin, Shikamaru, is tasked with assembling a team to retrieve Sasuke. Shikamaru, Naruto, Choji, Neji and Kiba all head out. One by one, starting with Choji, the retrieval squad must face-off with a member of the Sound ninja team. At the end Naruto comes face-to-face with Kimimaru, a very wounded and dangerous enemy. How will the fight conclude … that is for box set 10.

The animation in Naruto continues to be top notch for such a long running series, so prop there. The uncut DVD format is just perfect not only for quantity of episodes but also for offering fans a true version of the series. The voice work, solid as ever and with the tough emotional choices Sasuke makes and their affects on Naruto and Sakura we begin to see the maturing of these young ninja. The absolute best, 100%, part of this box set are the fights and story. Each member of the retrieval squad has to push their limits and none come away easily. The overconfidence of our young fighters bites them in the butt a few times, but again this goes back to the maturation process, it’s not just Naruto and Sakura, everyone is growing up. Seeing Sasuke make this choice is tough on viewers because they truly want him to be friends with Naruto and for the two to get his brother back, but sadly not every story has a happy ending and this crash course was set from the beginning. The arrival of Kimimaru is enough to send viewers into a tizzy with his seemingly incredible power and tragic past, but then the volume is over.

To date this has to be the best volume in the uncut series. Not only does it continue the excellent voice work and animation but the action steps up to a new level and the maturation process gets viewers set not only for what is to come in volume 10 but also for the true transition to Shippuden. If only all anime could be this engaging, but if that were the case then this would just be ordinary, not extraordinary.

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